Changes in the Frequencies of Abdominal Wall Hernias and the Preferences for Their Repair: A Multicenter National Study From Turkey

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Seker G., Kulacoglu H., ÖZTUNA D., Topgul K., Akyol C., ÇAKMAK A., ...More

INTERNATIONAL SURGERY, vol.99, no.5, pp.534-542, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 99 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.9738/intsurg-d-14-00063.1
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.534-542
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Abdominal wall hernias are a common problem in the general population. A Western estimate reveals that the lifetime risk of developing a hernia is about 2%.(1-3) As a result, hernia repairs likely comprise the most frequent general surgery operations. More than 20 million hernias are estimated to be repaired every year around the world.(4) Numerous repair techniques have been described to date however tension-free mesh repairs are widely used today because of their low hernia recurrence rates. Nevertheless, there are some ongoing debates regarding the ideal approach (open or laparoscopic),(5,6) the ideal anesthesia (general, local, or regional),(7,8) and the ideal mesh (standard polypropylene or newer meshes).(9,10)